October 29, 2019

Ways of Working

CNoS are hosting a workshop in collaboration with Newcastle University's Institute of Creative Arts Practice and the Biochemical Society which presents an opportunity to address questions that are common to both artists and scientists - broader, ethical questions around ways of seeing, methods of working, and developing truly interdisciplinary practice. Whilst acknowledging that both practices are creative, the workshop will focus on ‘ways to practice’ - that allow for time, space, error and specifically, what we can learn from questioning existing methods of working. 


We will develop approaches that are research-led and exploration driven rather than outcome driven. Through activities that focus on thinking and making strategies and film documentation of participant activities and discussions, workshop participants will arrive at critical questions that can form the basis of longer-term projects.

March 01, 2019

A Celebration of Life

Performance Lecture

Lecture Theatre

BioMedicine West Wing

February 26, 2019


26 Feb 2019

5.30pm - 7pm

The Lit & Phil

23 Westgate Road

Newcastle Upon Tyne


February 04, 2019


4 Feb - 1 Mar 2019

Mon - Fri, 10am - 5.30pm

BioMedicine West Wing Foyer

Institute of Genetic Medicine

Central Parkway, Times Square

Newcastle, NE1 3BZ


Black Box is a joint project by The Cultural Negotiation of Science and the Institute of Genetic Medicine.  Opening the door on the inner workings of genetic research, Black Box is a curated programme of film works inspired by and expanding upon genetic themes. The programme showcases films by artists and researchers involved in a creative and critical engagement with the field of genetic medicine alongside films produced by scientists that provide insight into the research that takes place within the Institute.

November 22, 2018


Introductory meeting of CNoS and NICAP researchers in the fields of art and bio medical science.

October 11, 2018

Christine Borland: I Say Nothing

South Balcony

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

Argyle Street, Glasgow, G3 8AG

12th Oct 2018 - 30th Jun 2019

In 1918 and 1919, Glasgow Museums purchased a collection of boxes containing charms and amulets ‘worn by the fighting men in the Great War’. The handwritten title of one of the charms (a Chinese soap-stone monkey) is ‘I say nothing’. These, along with three mule hooves, a moss-filled pillow and a book of French gramma riddled with shrapnel holes, are amount the objects to which Christine Borland found herself drawn during her year of research at Glasgow Museums Resource Centre.


Of particular interest to the artist has been a modest white ceramic invalid feeder cup in the museums’ handling collection. The teapot-like object, examples of which were used both to nurse the sick during the war and force-feed hunger-striking suffragettes in the years running up to 1914, speaks of the duality of institutional care and brutality.


Through an expanded focus on this object, Borland explores the potential for a simple object to embody something much more than the reality of its humble form or material. While the stasis of storage – or, indeed, the passing of time – can render historical objects mute, I Say Nothing aims to give them a voice. 

September 26, 2018

Christine Borland: Strange Foreign Bodies

28 September 2018 – 6 January 2019
Hunterian Art Gallery
Admission free


Strange Foreign Bodies is a group exhibition of films, prints and sculptural works by contemporary artists including Claire Barclay, Christine Borland, Sarah Browne, Alex Impey and Phillip Warnell. Taking William Hunter's Tercentenary as its point of departure, the exhibition offers a 21st century perspective on Hunter's Enlightenment project, with processes of mutation, metamorphosis and technological transformation central to many of the works. 

We encounter the story of a woman who has turned into an octopus, the philosophical reflections of a heart transplant patient, and the simulated breathing of an animatronic medical mannequin: ‘strange foreign bodies’ which reflect the complexity of all human embodiment today.

September 21, 2018

Louise Mackenzie: Tentacular Resonances at Fort Process

Fort Process, 22 September

The Laboratory

Louise Mackenzie will be bringing Tentacular Resonances to Fort Process, a one day sound art and music event that utilises the extraordinary resonant spaces of Newhaven Fort. Mackenzie presents an installation and live performance in The Laboratory, exploring the material relationship between resonance and form, collecting and working with local sounds and lively materials including clay, seawater and DNA.

September 19, 2018

Christine Borland: The Precious Clay

Museum of Royal Worcester
Severn St

20 September 2018 to 20 March 2019

Christine Borland's work, Set Conversation Pieces, hand-painted oriental patterns on porcelain casts, not as one might expect of cups and saucers, but of tiny skulls within pelvises, will be a part of The Precious Clay - Porcelain in Contemporary Art, from Meadow Arts and The Museum of Royal Worcester

September 05, 2018

Daksha Patel: The Art of Observation - Visual Literacy for Dermatologists

6-8 Sept 2018

Drawing Workshops aimed at a group of 20 dermatologists

Tate Britain and The Wallace Collection, London

August 28, 2018

Louise Mackenzie: Tentacular Resonances

Louise Mackenzie uses sound and new media to explore our entangled relationship with lively materials.  For Tentacular Resonances, Mackenzie is taking over Generator for one week to develop an experimental new work that explores the material relationship between resonance and form, collecting and working with local lively materials including clay, seawater and DNA.

Resonant Vessels Workshop

Wednesday 29 August, 10:00 – 17:00


This one-day experimental workshop is aimed at anyone with an interest in sound and intuitive making practices - no previous experience is necessary.

Tentacular Resonances – Gallery Takeover

Thursday 30 - Friday 31 August, 10:00 – 17:00


On Thursday, workshop participants are invited to return to the gallery to join in assembling and testing their resonant vessels as part of the wider tentacular network. 


Tentacular Resonances - Performance

Friday 31 August, 16:00


The week will conclude with an improvised performance where Mackenzie invites you to join her in releasing a portion of seawater back to its source, symbolically committing to our inescapable cultural entanglement with the wider environment. 

July 23, 2018

Louise Mackenzie: Evolution of the Subject

On Tuesday, 24th July, the Institute of Genetic Medicine Project of the Week talk will be given by Louise Mackenzie and Ana Topf. Louise is an artist and researcher with the BALTIC and Northumbria University Institute of Contemporary Art.  Louise recently completed a PhD in Fine Art in collaboration with Volker Straub and Ana Topf of the Institute of Genetic Medicine, titled, Evolution of the Subject - Synthetic Biology in Fine Art Practice. During this time, Louise worked to encode a thought within the DNA of the laboratory organism, E. coli which she now grows and maintains as part of a long term project that refocuses our attention on the organism from biotechnological tool to ‘lively material’.  Louise will discuss a selection of the works she produced whilst working at the Institute.


The presentation will take place in the Institute East Wing, G02 from 10:30-11:00.

July 08, 2018

Laura Harrington: Expanded body #2 _ Inhabiting Time.

9 - 16 JULY 2018

Cittadellarte and Oasi Zegna

Laura Harrington has been selected for one of six Foundation Zegna grants to participate in the 2018 UNIDEE, University of Ideas module: "Expanded body #2 _ Inhabiting Time. An experience about Time in the Oasi Zegna” mentored by Andrea Caretto and Raffaella Spagna.

June 27, 2018

Christine Borland: Dead Images

28 JUNE - 25 AUGUST 2018

Edinburgh College of Art, ECA main building, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF, UK

Keynote Speaker at Conference: Dead Images. Facing the History, Ethics and Politics of European Skull Collections

June 23, 2018

Christine Borland in Conversation


15:00, In Conversation with the Artist - see further information for booking details

Mount Stuart Visual Arts


Join Mount Stuart and Christine Borland in conversation about her exhibition ‘to The Power of Twelve’ at Mount Stuart on Sunday 24th June at 3pm meeting at the main entrance to the house.  to The Power of Twelve will comprise an inter-related series of new works making reference to lesser-known histories of the Great War and particular aspects of Mount Stuart’s wartime role. The exhibition will be presented throughout Mount Stuart; rooms used will include the swimming pool, conservatory (WWI operating theatre) Marble Hall (WWI ward) and Dining Room (WW1 surgical ward)

June 22, 2018

Christine Borland: to The Power of Twelve


Opening 23 June, 15:00 - 17:00

Mount Stuart Visual Arts


Mount Stuart Trust is delighted to announce a solo exhibition by Christine Borland, as part of its ongoing Contemporary Visual Arts Programme. Borland is returning to Mount Stuart, having been one of the first artists invited to respond to the historic house and its collections in 2003. This year, with the centenary of the WWI armistice, it is timely that she returns to Mount Stuart, inspired by its history as a WWI naval hospital.



to The Power of Twelve will comprise an inter-related series of new works making reference to lesser-known histories of the Great War and particular aspects of Mount Stuart’s wartime role.

June 14, 2018

Louise Mackenzie: FEMeeting

15-19 JUNE 2018

Cultivamos Cultura

Sao Luis


FEMeeting 2018 is a conference co-organised by Cultivamos Cultura and CIC.Digital of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in partnership with Centro de Arte e Cultura/Fundação Eugénio de Almeida and Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa. This Meeting’s aim is to bring together women from all over the world to share and disseminate their projects in the arts, science and technology research. Louise Mackenzie will present her recent project Pithos.

June 10, 2018

Daksha Patel: Biorhythmic Drawing

11 JUNE - 25 JULY 2018

Watermans Art Centre

40 High St,

Brentford TW8 0DS

Gallery Tour and exhibition launch: Wednesday 13th June, 6.30-8.30pm

In Biorhythmic drawing, artist Daksha Patel explores the ways in which data captured from the human body – by technologies such as bio-sensors (small wearable devices such as heart monitors) and medical imaging (X Rays, ultrasound or microscopes) – is visualised, seen and perceived. The artist intervenes and reworks bio-medical images with the process of drawing or by altering codes that visualise bio-data.

June 05, 2018

Fiona Crisp: The Live Creature an Ethereal Things - book launch

The Live Creature and Ethereal Things: Physics in Culture – edited by curator Nicola Triscott and artist Fiona Crisp, published by Arts Catalyst – is a collection of texts, images and conversations that present fundamental physics and the physics of the universe as human activities and cultural endeavours. Contributions by physicists, artists and curators examine the role of personality, power and culture in physics and discuss the value of cross-pollination between the practices of contemporary art and physics. These reflections shed light on the people and material practices of physics: from the vast underground particle physics laboratory at CERN, Geneva, used by half of the world’s particle physicists, and deep underground neutrino observatories in the UK, Italy and Antarctica, to super-computers that construct astonishing visualisations of the evolution of the universe.

June 05, 2018

Fiona Crisp: Material Sight

6 JUNE - 14 JULY 2018

Arts Catalyst Centre for Art, Science & Technology, London

Fiona Crisp explores how we might encounter spaces where the frontiers of knowledge are being expanded. Material Sight is a new, large-scale commission that uses photography, moving image and sound to approach the material environments where experiments that challenge the limits of our imagination are carried out.  For nearly two years Crisp has worked with three world-leading research facilities for 'fundamental science': Boulby Underground Laboratory, sited in the UK's deepest working mine, Durham University's Institute for Computational Cosmology and Laboratory Nazionali del Gran Sasso, the world's largest underground laboratory for particle physics, housed inside a mountain in central Italy.

May 31, 2018

Laura Harrington: Lunch at the Summit - on High Ground

1-2 JUNE 2018


Women and Climate Change 

British Library, London


Lunch at the Summit: on High Ground 

Reporting from the field, artists Luce Choules and Laura Harrington will guide participant through the geomorphology of the North Pennine and French Alpine regions 


April 17, 2018

Louise Mackenzie: Evolution of the Subject


The Latent Image, TransImage 2018, University of Edinburgh

PhD student, Louise Mackenzie will be talking about her doctoral research project at The Latent Image, TransImage 2018. Louise will discuss how art practice within a genetics laboratory can provide a situated account of scientific knowledge through a performative exploration of subjectivity. 

March 24, 2018

Fiona Crisp: Material Sight

24 MARCH - 13 MAY 2018

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

Preview: Friday 23 March, 6:00 - 8:00pm

On 24 March 2018 the New Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, in its new location within the National Glass Centre, Sunderland, will reopen after an 18 month period with a major new commission by artist Fiona Crisp.

March 24, 2018

Daksha Patel: Noise + Signal

24 MARCH 2018

Digital Design Drop In, Sculpture Gallery 21, 1-4pm

V&A museum, London

A participatory drawing event involving bio-sensors and bio-data projected in real time upon a drawing screen. This work has evolved out of large scale drawing performances by Daksha Patel at FACT, Liverpool and Cornerhouse, Manchester in 2013 researching the concept of noise in medical imaging. 

March 01, 2018

Daksha Patel: Looking Harder - Thinking Differently


Looking Harder: Thinking Differently

The University of Manchester and Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust


Daksha Patel will be delivering a series of experimental drawing workshops with dermatology students, dermatology patients and art history students exploring artistic, cultural and scientific representations of skin. One of the aims of the workshops will be to test whether experimental drawing activities can have an impact upon scientist’s tolerance of visual ambiguity. It is envisaged that the evaluation process will feed into future papers. Daksha will be making a new piece of work at the end of the project, which will be shown in the atrium of Salford Royal Foundation Trust hospital.

December 08, 2017

Rona Lee: Dark Liquid

dark, liquid

Vom Wissen und Nicht-Wissen über das Meer 

08.12.2017 - 13.01.2018 Galerie Nord | Kunstverein Tiergarten, Berlin


This international exhibition, funded by Berlin Senate Department for Culture and Europe, Department of Culture addressed both the fundamental indeterminacy of the Sea and the intrinsic mediality of different methods of studying it, asking what marine space can become within various discourses and knowledge systems. As well as exhibiting four existing works Rona Lee created a live drawing for the exhibition which sought to emphasize spatial materiality of marine depth and temporality, problematizing cartological processes of fixing and flattening that reduce it to a geographic surface.


The lines no longer hold used two oceanographic maps, with carbon paper inserted between. Over 5 hours the areas of depth marked on the top map were progressively filled in - an action which covered the surface of both with somatic marks while simultaneously generating a third reversed map on the carbon paper. All three maps were subsequently displayed in the gallery.

October 11, 2017

Christine Borland: Positive Pattern

You are invited to join us for a special event to celebrate the official unveiling of a new artwork by Christine Borland, commissioned by the Organ Donation Committee of Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust for the Institute of Transplantation.  

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Department of Arts  
Northumbria University 

Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

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